Hey everyone! How are you all doing?! I’ve realized, I haven’t posted anything here in more than a year! So much have happened even though time seems to have really slowed down during these crazy times of COVID.
I have been taking a Master’s Degree in Artificial Intelligence, for one. And I’ve been so, so busy since then. But I still continued to do watercolor (see my other web site: springfugue.com, for details). And I also still play the piano every day. I try. I’d like to think I’ve improved a lot. And just now, I realized my classes for this week were postponed. So, now, I got some free time for other chores, like updating this web site! 🙂 Also, I have a new domain names for this web site: riosebastian.com and escapecapades.fr.
But now, enough with the updates, I meant to write about my last pre-COVID travel, in the Philippines. And it was in the paradise called, El Nido, Palawan. We also passed by HongKong, actually, on the way to the Philippines for a couple of days since we had to change planes there from Paris, anyway.
My family and I were so fortunate to have visited the Philippines during Christmas of 2019 up until the first few days of 2020. Just before Taal Volcano erupted, and before the outbreak of COVID.
Here now are the pictures of warm tropical beaches, good times, good food and wonderful company…
Arriving at the airport, you don’t feel like you are at an airport at all. It was surrounded by lush tropical vegetation. I loved that the local government has taken the initiative to reduce plastic wastes. The shops don’t use plastic bags, and plastic straws are prohibited. Even the coconut vendors around the islands use bamboo straws when they sell fresh coconuts to the tourists.
Lagen El Nido Resort looks really impressive arriving on a boat towards the island. We were given raincoats onboard. When we arrived, there was a typhoon that was just on the way out of the country. We were very lucky to be blessed with five sunny days in El Nido.
Our room was one of the beach-front rooms at the center of the U-shaped huts right on the shore. We were not on the water exactly, coz I didn’t really like that so much. I’m glad our area was quiet and we have the unobstructed view of the sea and the islands in front of us. The Filipino food was delicious. And there was a very good variety and selection each time we were at the restaurant. The staff were very friendly and helpful. And I really appreciate so much how calm and quiet the resort was. I especially realized this when we went to Miniloc, which I think is owned by the same company as Lagen. The vibe there was more loud and party-ish.
We visited the other islands, we snorkelled, kayaked, hiked, went inside caves and relaxed and sipped lots of cocktails by the pool lazily every afternoon, in front of the sea. It was wonderful!
I had a chance to really relax and even did some quick, watercolor paintings in our room’s balcony, which is right on the beach.
I really hope to go back someday! El Nido is one of the best places in the Philippines! I have been to Coron and Puerto Princesa as well. But I think I love El Nido the most. 🙂